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RM5.5 Million For Warriors Day Trust Fund So Far | 19/07/2010
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KUALA LUMPUR, July 19 2010 (Bernama) -- The Warriors Day Trust Fund has collected RM5.5 million so far this year, the Prime Minister's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor said.

"Our target is to collect as many donations as possible. Although the Warriors Day Campaign for this year had just started, I'm happy that we have managed to collect RM5.5 million so far from the corporate bodies.

"I hope many more will make their contributions for the Warriors Day," she told reporters after launching the 2010 Warriors Day Campaign, here Monday.

Also present were Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Deputy Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Joseph Salang.

The Warrior's Day Campaign is held annually with the aim of raising fund from the public and corporate bodies to be distributed among ex-servicemen and their families in need. Last year, the campaign collected over RM880,000.

For the first time this year, the three-month long campaign from July 1 till Sept 30, is being implemented with the cooperation of Malaysian Armed Forces Veteran Affairs Department (VAD) and Malaysian Ex-Servicemen Association.

Earlier in her speech, Rosmah said although the government had set aside certain allocation to help the ex-servicemen, the amount was still insufficient as the number of army retirees grew every year.

"This year alone, RM27 million was allocated, but it is insufficient as we now have 121,000 army retirees and this number is expected to grow. That's why the public should contribute to this fund," she said.

She said it was every Malaysian's obligation to appreciate the deeds and sacrifices made by ex-servicemen in safeguarding the dignity and sovereignty of the country.

Earlier, three recipients, comprising a disabled person, a widow and an orphan, received RM500 each from the fund.

In his speech, Ahmad Zahid said although the donation received by the recipients on Monday was small, it was hoped to ease their burden.

"This donation differs from the previous year and I hope many more will make a contribution. Maybe next year, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will ask more corporate figures to make a donation," he said.

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